The Return of the Winepisser (Sort Of)

I’m not sure if I should get a medallion or something, but it’s been over a year since I had my last glass of wine. Today I finally broke that streak, with a glass of my favorite Peruvian offering, the Viña Vieja Chenin Blanc. It’s literally the...

No Winepisser Awards for 2020 Because 2020

Obviously — obviously — there won’t be any Winepisser awards for 2020. Sigh. In January, I reviewed one wine, a 2.5 star bottle of junk, and then prepped to review a lot more. By April, I was under national lockdown, and alcohol sales were...

Longest. Wineless. Quarantine. Ever

It doesn’t take an aerospace expert to notice the last Winepisser blog post was from February. That post announced, without the usual fanfare, the Winepisser 2019 Best Wine award. Since then, this site has been nearly dead. You can, of course, blame Ol’...

Henry Fessy Gamay Noir – France – 2017

Nose is grape jelly. Everything else isn’t, though. Medium dry, with some earthy notes that take it far away from jammy. Moderate but smooth tannins surprise. A bit of green olive hides beneath the fruit. Not bad, but was expecting more from this grape.

Bodegas Santa Ana Malbec – Argentina – 2019

Potent blueberry nose will make you think of blueberry waffles, but on the tongue it is brisk, dry and bearing less fruit than expected. Not particularly deep with a brief finish but surprisingly enjoyable. Stood up to spicy pasta. Better than some reviews...

Bodega K5 Pilota – Spain – 2017

Example of the hondarrabi zuri grape you’ve likely never heard of. Color is deep gold, nose is very faint with hint of minerals. On the palate it’s citric, dry and evoking little fruit. By itself it came off as a bit dull, but paired well with duck confit...

Oliver Soft White – Indiana – NV

Very sweet wine wrongly marketed by the maker as “semi.” Equally dubious is their refusal to name the grapes and instead just call them “Niagara,” making me suspect it’s concord. The wine definitely tastes suspiciously close to concord...